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Tampa College Bans Pledge

After some students, faculty and staff complained that the Pledge of Allegiance made them feel uncomfortable and violated their "academic freedom," a college in Tampa, Florida decided to ban it altogether. HCC students, who served in the military, felt dishonored by the move.

Angela Brown said, "I'm serving our country and my dad and my grandfather did, too." Jason Rodriguez, who served 16 years in the military and now attends HCC said "I think it's messed up. Maybe some of them have not had an opportunity to fight for their country, and know what it's really like."

One former Marine, Scott Vosler, now an HCC student, said he and others fought to defend the very freedom the council members have to not say the pledge if they so choose. But they could at least, he says, put their hands over their hearts and let others say the pledge out of respect. Vosler said, “If you don't, then I'm sad. Because a lot of people have bled and died for you to have the freedoms that you do.”

The school's president says the administration will attend the next Institutional Advisory Committee meeting, making it clear the administration does not support the decision.

Photo: NBC News

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